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About scuba diving in Mexico

Mexico is considered the best diving destination in the world for divers of all experience levels. Mexico spans a huge area with many diverse land and seascapes. The information we have about diving in Mexico will answer all your questions! Scuba diving in Mexico can satisfy even the most demanding divers. It has an extensive coastline along the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea in the east, the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez in the west. For open-water diving and safari diving, The Pacific Coast is better. The best locations on the Pacific are Socorro Island, which is famous for its enormous manta rays, sharks and humpback whales. Guadalupe is a good place for great white shark cage diving. The Sea of Cortez is rich in marine life and renowned for its huge schools of hammerhead sharks, colonies of sea lions and grey whales. For land-based diving and non-diving activities, The Carribean Sea is better. Cozumel offers a diversity of reefs, caves, caverns, tunnels and variety of tropical fish species, turtles, nurse sharks and eagle rays. The reefs there form part of the Great Maya Barrier Reef (The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef), the world's second largest reef system. Cancun has some great wrecks to explore, spectacular visibility and some extraordinary night dives. It also boasts an Underwater Museum conservation project, which began in 2009 and now consists of over 480 life-sized sculptures of human figures that will eventually become part of the barrier reef system. At Playa Del Carmen divers can often see bull sharks. Whale sharks can be observed near Holbox Island. Divers from all over the world come here to try the unique cenote diving.

When to go to Mexico

Diving is possible year-round; hurricane season runs from July to November. The rainy season lasts from May to October and the dry season is typically from November to April. Water temperature averages 26-28C/79-82F in winter and 27-29C/81-84F in summer. Underwater visibility averages around 30m/100ft.


What to see

Among marine species divers can spot manta rays, large sailfish, groupers, toadfish, tang fish, trigger, schools of jack, moray eels, grunts, stingrays, parrotfish, Hawksbill turtles, octopus, angelfish, nurse sharks, whale sharks, barracudas, snappers and many more. The whale shark season is from late May to mid September. Bull shark season is from November to March. Cenotes are sinkhole-like cave formations where divers can dive through caverns with amazing stalactites, stalagmites and marine fossils, with a visibility of 150ft/50m, and where even the halocline or freshwater/saltwater interface is visible.

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